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Madame Presidente Queen of All She Sees Kiss My Ruby What What


Was it Groucho Marx or Woody Allen who said he’d never want to be a member of a club who’d have him as a member. I’m kind of that way, ‘cept I’m actually the president of that hair club for men now. I have never been the president of anything (someone asked me, “Oh you were never a class president?” “Yeah, right.”)margaretdumont

So yeah this is great, we have our board meetings on the top of the IDS with fabulous banquets and fine wine, making our terrible plans for the little people who serve us at our whim. Bwahahahahahha. Another glass please, garson.


Yonkers Alert!


Michael Yonkers is doing a rare appearance in support of our community radio station KFAI on Sat., February 7th at the Turf Club in St. Paul. He’ll perform at 8:00.  I can’t thank Cyn Collins enough for making this fundraiser happen, but especially for getting Yonkers on the bill – I’m giddy over being able to see him! He tells Cyn that he won’t be “covering” himself – he means his songs, not that he’ll be naked, so all originals can be expected.

Sun City Girls Spun

Sun City Girls Spun

I DJ’d at Harriet Brewing in Mpls tonight and played nothing but the Sun City Girls. I provided the below info about them and thought I’d share here, so, here:

KFAI’s VINYL VOICES, September 30, 2014


Sir Richard Bishop, Charlie Gocher, Alan Bishop

Sir Richard Bishop, Charlie Gocher, Alan Bishop

I will delight in playing the legendary Sun City Girls for you tonight. For the uninitiated, it’s often hard to find the words to describe them; I’m not a music writer, per se, just a dj and lifelong fan of SCG, and have had the honor and privilege of getting to know them.

Since I am much better at presenting the music rather than blabbing about them, I thought I’d share this article by the fabulous Mike McGonigal of Yeti Magazine from back in 2002: http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/sun-city-girls/Content?oid=10798 – check it out sometime….

Since that time, SCG’s drummer (well, he was really so much more than that), Charlie Gocher, passed away from cancer in February of 2007, and the Girls are no more. The Bishop Brothers embarked upon a memorial tour to celebrate the music of the Sun City Girls in May 2008, called “The Brothers Unconnected: A Tribute to the Sun City Girls and Charles Gocher.”

Alan and Richard Bishop continue to create at a mind-blowing pace on their solo musical paths as Alvarius B and Sir Richard Bishop, respectively, singularly and collaboratively with other trouble-making cohorts.

I’ve tried to stay on top of collecting their vinyl over the years; it hasn’t been easy, as they’re so prolific! But I’ll try and play the Sun City Girls’ greatest hits, and I hope that you, too, will become a rabid fan.

-Patti Walsh, KFAI

Here is their discography (includes cassette-only releases)

Midnight Cowboys from Ipanema CS (Breakfast Without Meat) 1986, LP/CD reissue (Amarillo Records) 1994
God is My Solar System 1982 CS (Cloaven) 1987
Superpower 1982-83 CS (Cloaven) 1987
Hatchet Rain 1983 CS (Cloaven) 1987
Bleach Has Feelings, Too! 1983-85 CS (Cloaven) 1987
To Cover Up Your Right To Live 1983-85 CS (Cloaven) 1987
Def in Italy 1984 CS (Cloaven) 1987
Folk Songs of The Rich and Evil 1985 CS (Cloaven) 1987
Fresh Kill of a Cape Hunting Dog 1985-86 CS (Cloaven) 1987
Exotica on Five Dollars a Day 1986 CS (Cloaven) 1987
Fruit of The Womb 1986 CS (Cloaven) 1987
Polite Deception 1986 CS (Cloaven) 1987
Famous Asthma 1986-87 CS (Cloaven) 1987
The Palm Leaves of Victory 1986-87 CS (Cloaven) 1987
Cloaven Theatre No. 1 1987 CS (Cloaven) 1987
Cloaven Theatre No. 2 1987 CS (Cloaven) 1987
Tibetan Jazz 666 1987 CS (Cloaven) 1987
The Multiple Hallucinations of an Assassin 1987-88 CS (Cloaven) 1989
Cloaven Theatre No. 3 1988 CS (Cloaven) 1989
Audio Letter to Mitch Meyers 1988 CS (Cloaven) 1989
That Old Western Sieve 1988 CS (Cloaven) 1989
Graverobbing in the Future 1988 CS (Cloaven) 1989
Extra-Sensory Defection CS (Cloaven) 1989
The Great North American Tricksters CS (Cloaven) 1990
Pelican 92 CS (Abduction) 1993


Sun City Girls LP (Placebo) 1984
Grotto of Miracles LP (Placebo) 1986
Horse Cock Phepner (Placebo) LP/CS 1987
Torch of the Mystics LP (Majora) 1990, CD reissue (Tupelo) 1993
Dawn of the Devi LP (Majora) 1991
Live from Planet Boomerang 2-LP (Majora) 1992
Bright Surroundings, Dark Beginnings LP (Majora) 1993, CD reissue (Majora) 1998
Valentines from Matahari LP (Majora) 1993, CD reissue (Majora) 1998
Live at C.O.N. Artists LP (Poon Village) 1993
Kaliflower CD/LP (Abduction) 1993
Juggernaut LP (Abduction) 1994
Piasa…Devourer of Men LP (Abduction) 1994
Jacks Creek LP (Abduction) 1994
Dante’s Disneyland Inferno 2-CD (Abduction) 1996, 3-LP reissue (Locust) 2002
330,003 Crossdressers from Beyond the Rig Veda 2-CD (Abduction) 1996, 3-LP reissue (Locust) 2001
Live from the Land of the Rising Sun City Girls CD (Japan Overseas) 1997
Box of Chameleons 3-CD box (Abduction) 1997
Dulce soundtrack LP (Abduction) 1998
Cameo Demons and Their Manifestations CD (Abduction) 2000 – CFR vol. 1
The Dreamy Draw CD (Abduction) 2000 – CFR vol. 2
Superculto CD (Abduction) 2000 – CFR vol. 3
A Bullet Through the Last Temple CD (Abduction) 2000 – CFR vol. 4
Severed Finger With a Wedding Ring CD (Abduction) 2000 – CFR vol. 5
Sumatran Electric Chair CD (Abduction) 2001 – CFR vol. 6
Libyan Dream CD reissue (Abduction) 2001 – CFR vol. 7
The Handsome Stranger CD (Abduction) 2001 – CFR vol. 8
High Asia/Lo Pacific 2-CD reissue (Abduction) 2001 – CFR vols. 9 & 10
Wah CD (Abduction) 2002
Flute and Mask CD (Abduction) 2002
God is My Solar System/Superpower 2-LP reissue (Eclipse) 2003
Bleach Has Feelings, Too!/To Cover Up Your Right To Live 2-LP reissue (Eclipse) 2003
Carnival Folklore Resurrection Radio 2-CD (Abduction) 2004 – CFR vols. 11 & 12
The Fresh Kill of a Cape Hunting Dog / Def In Italy 2-LP reissue (Eclipse) 2004
98.6 IS DEATH CD (Abduction) 2004 – CFR vol. 13
Folk Songs of the Rich and Evil / Exotica on $5 a Day 2-LP reissue (Eclipse) 2005
Uncle Jim’s Superstars of Greenwich Meantime LP (Black Velvet Fuckere Records) 2005
Static from the Outside Set CD (Abduction) 2006 – CFR vol. 14
Uncle Jim’s Superstars of Greenwich Meantime CD reissue (Abduction) 2006
Live Room CD (Three Lobed) 2006
Montreal Pop CD
Djinn Funnel LP (Nashazphone) 2006
Piano Bar LP (Ri Be Xibalba) 2006
For Drummers Only LP (Ri Be Xibalba) 2006
Beginnings Dark LP (Enterruption) 2007
Mister Lonely: Music From A Film By Harmony Korine with J. Spaceman LP/CD (Drag City) 2008
Funeral Mariachi LP/CD (Abduction) 2010


And So The Dead Tongue Sang (Pulp) 1987
You’re Never Alone With a Cigarette (Majora) 1990
Three Fake Female Orgasms 2×7″ (Majora) 1991
Let’s Just Lounge (Majora) 1992
Napoleon and Josephine (Scratch) 1992
Caroliner tribute (Nuf Sed) 1992 [split with Thinking Fellers Union Local 282]
Eye Mohini (Majora) 1992
Borungku Si Derita double 7″ (Majora) 1993 [also issued as a single 7″]
Live…For Chilly (bootleg) 1993
Carl the Barber 2003 [split 7″ with Carl Wellman]
Uncle Jim’s True Confessions of Homeland Security (Empirical) 2003



It means “women who can take care of themselves,” and it’s the name of the organization for whom I will be interning beginning next week! Isuroon (isuroon.org) is a three-year-old nonprofit which advocates for Somalian women’s healthcare issues, but also educational, societal, and cultural issues unique to Somalian women in our community. The organization is well-known throughout our large Somalian population here in the Twin Cities; I will be focused on helping to get the word out to other parts of our society and ensure that Isuroon becomes familiar to all.

I’m super excited to get started on this new venture. Bonus – their office is only a few blocks from my house – I can walk or ride my bicycle to work.

Oh Evil Earworm


Earworm tunes. This happens to me ALL THE TIME. I have a great record collection which I listen to all the time. I listen to my favorite shows on KFAI and try to surround myself with music I love as much as I can. However, weird tunes enter and infect my ears and brain frequently and the only way that I can expunge them is to inflict them upon others. Sort of an exorcism. One time (years before the internet and youtube and stuff) I had Bryan Adams’ “Everybody Wants You,” stuck in my head for almost a week, so I broke down and bought the 45 and opened up my radio show with that insidious song. I’m sure I irritated my audience, but it needed to be done. Mental floss.

Alright, here was the first one…I think I just saw the words “Black is Back,” and that of course set me off:

And then – and this is a bad one – I was whistling (my whistling skills are really lame) and this little ditty came to mind. (I posted that one on Facebook, and I think my husband and my friend Jeff unfriended me.)




Psych from Afrika


Continuing my Saturday morning diskjockering…. There was so much fuzzed out greatness going on in different parts of Africa (particularly Zambia) during the 70s which much of the world didn’t know about. http://www.nuvo.net/ACulturalManifesto/archives/2013/08/20/african-psychedelic-rock  For a steady diet of this kind of stuff, check out Kinda Cloudy Radio on kfai.org/kindacloudyradio – DJ Steely will hook you up with some amazing Afrobeat and more.

Thunderboldt Pagoda


So here’s a show I am missing this evening – they’re probably playing as I write this. I WILL catch a set of theirs soon. At some point. TP are:

Erik Wivinus – Guitar, Baritone Guitar, Vocals, Electric Sitar – Erik’s been in groups Gentle Tasaday, Salamander, and Skye Klad (and possibly other bands I’m missing.) He’s one of the owners of super cool antique store findfurnish.
Ralph Karsten – Mellotron, Analogue Synthesizers – Ralph owns Atma-Sphere Music Systems, a business which builds high-end, one-of-a-kind tube amps.  Ralph is better known as for his solo pursuit; Salubrious Invertebrae: experimental synth to the nth degree.
Matt Entsminger – Drums – Matt is an old buddy of mine and I love that he’s playing with TP. He’s an amazing drummer and held down the beats for Janitor Joe and Gnomes Of Zurich.
Gerard-Jean Boissy – Bass – I’ve gotten to know Gerard very well over this past year – we sat next to each other in school for nine months and Facebook texted sarcastic barbs back and forth during classes about some of our ridiculous classmates. Gerard is best known for his guitar-playing role in the legendary – oh, what’s that band’s name again? Oh, yeah, Rifle Sport! He is of the finest French Canadian pedigree and has the best girlfriend in the world.

tboldtpagodaT’Pagoda’s new record is available here: http://www.mutantmusic.com/ – check it out if you love space rock. I do.

The ask


http://kfai.org/voicecriedsoftly So I’ll be at the helm for Voice Cried Softly tonight, trying to keep us crazy midnighters on course to do non-cryptic and quasi-intelligent pledge rapping, as we are in the second day of Pledge Drive. Sometimes when I p’rap with Eric, the regular show host, I’ve gotta sort of peel him off the ceiling, as he gets off track a little bit when he starts talking about Jackie Chan movies, and not reasons why you should call 612-375-9030 to join KFAI. Eric won’t be there tonight, so I won’t need the spatula and forceps.

Can you feel the love at this silly radio station?



Such tomfoolery on these occasions

I’ll have some semi-normal folks rappin with me tonight…oh, wait, Machinist Man wants to come down and help out tonight…hardly normal (and I mean that in the most loving way, dear) but we’ll get the job done. We’ve got the Nighthawk swooping in with sage advice and maybe some punk banjo riffs. So tune in at the witching hour, Midnight tonight, we put the dumb in fundraising.



So we’ve arrived at the spring p’drive once again – umm, does that mean winter’s actually over? Alrighty, then. Bring it on!!! http://kfai.org/events/station-events/kfai-spring-2014-pledge-drive

Anyone who talks to me for more than an hour or so gets to hear about KFAI. I’m sort of obnoxious that way. KFAI’s a part of me, and I know I’m not the only one. Ask most of the 500 volunteers and 5 paid staff how they feel about the station, and I’m certain you’ll hear a similar loving tune.

Lots of stuff happening! We’re one of the 18 nonprofit winners of THE NERDERY Challenge – we get to have a talented nerd team work on developing our website for a consecutive 24 hours. That along with funding KFAI will be receiving from the State of MN will bring our website up to snuff and help us to better meet the needs of our community.

I have been proud to be a member of the Freshen Up Fresh Air (FUFA) Committee – we’ve done some painting in the Kitchen/Galley, Front Lobby, Greenroom and both bathrooms, purchased some new furniture (may it arrive before pledge drive, please….) Additionally, Chris Elpers, a member of KFAI’s Community Advisory Board and owner of Chris Elpers Carpentry, has redone the kitchen cabinets, replaced the kitchen countertop, and installed flooring in the kitchen and bathrooms. I’m probably missing something here. It was a ton of work!!! So happy the project is almost complete as of this writing.

Loads of other happenings that I’m also skipping, but I’d like to get this posted at some point… Please frequent our frequencies 90.3 FM Minneapolis and 106.7 FM St. Paul, and go to our website www.kfai.org.

Lots of energy going into the training for pledge drive and we really hope to kick ass this spring drive.

Nuff sed.

Yeah, It Happens!


I had a lovely day! Started my internship with BBBS and I think it’s going to be splendid. It’s nice to go somewhere and feel welcomed and, well, really needed. I spent most of the afternoon meeting people and getting disorient I mean oriented and getting all my user and passwords for my computer and phone squared away. I wrote a press release (which I don’t think they were expecting me to complete on my first day) and got started on a bio for the Big Bro of the Year nominee.

In meeting with their hr director, it became more and more apparent to me that I am always going to do well on PR jobs that I believe in and can get enthused about. I’ve been a Big Sis to four girls and I believe in the program. I know it works and have seen the research showing how much better kids do when they’re mentored. They do better academically and personally and learn to make better choices in life. But more than that, I’ve seen firsthand the benefits of what it does for the “Bigs” as well. Without getting all Pollyanna about it, it’s truly something a person can do to make a little change for good – plain and simple. There are just so many social problems in this country and community that many people just give up. Or maybe they give money to certain charities and causes, and that’s great, of course, but is it enough? Being a part of an underprivileged kid’s life opens one’s eyes to many realities about social norms and inequities. It has been a wake-up call on many levels for me, and I’ve gotten as much out of it as I’ve put into it.

So now it feels like I’ve come full circle – doing a Communications and Public Relations internship there at BBBS. I hope to be able to write with passion and enthusiasm about the organization and boost public knowledge and interest. And keep having lovely days.